After reading Damaged Girls I I was excited to read the next book in this series, “Damaged Girls II.” Let me start out by quoting Morgan, who after finding out some distressing information about Jillian’s past, has this to say: (Quote) “Sure we could tuck our traumatic moments away and pretend they’d never occurred…But was it realistic to believe that by simply writing off said issue we could keep a fictitious reality from being influenced by actual reality?” (end of quote)
In this tragedy, the above quote is significant. It allows the reader a glimpse into the emotional makeup of a damaged girl. In fact, both damaged girls have a similar psychological problem, namely, the inability to deal with traumatic events in their past. For the careful reader, one can only assume that Author Janice Ross opens a window to view “Damaged Girl Syndrome” more holistically, with a wide perspective, rather than narrowly focused on the perpetrator, Stevie. For the record, I must say that I have grown to thoroughly despise him.
Up to this point, the majority of readers (including myself) will surely have placed their sympathy and empathy with both girls. To be honest, Stevie deserves absolutely zero compassion. He is a despicable, unlikable, unlovable monster. Nonetheless, in light of what we learn in this book, we must ponder the following proposition:
If not Stevie, then another predator would surely have brought psychological, emotional, and physical damage to these girls. The circumstances of their past had already made both girls highly vulnerable, almost indefensible. The question, rightfully asked, is whether or not taking advantage of such girls is inevitable?
After reading this book, we are clear that a tragedy of epic proportions is approaching for Stevie. That’s a given, a must for Stevie, and I anticipate it happening to him in Damaged Girls III, which I look forward to reading with great enthusiasm… This book should be read by all girls from age 8 to 80. Reading it will keep people like Stevie out of their lives, and if someone like Stevie is already in their lives, it will definitely help to get rid of the monster. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness
Many thanks to the author for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Janice G. Ross’s Bio
Janice was born in Guyana, South America and migrated to the USA in 1980. Although her citizenship certificate now reads the United States of America, she considers herself a citizen of the world. Sure, she has not physically been around the world and back, but she’s travelled in her mind and dreams. Janice is an author. She enjoys writing about social issues and personal experiences.
Janice’s debut release is entitled Damaged Girls. She uses the three books in that series to detail the effects of different forms of abuse, discussing issues which are known to be taboo. Her latest release, Jumping Ship, is a dedication to her country of birth and an introductory novella to the Island Hopping Series—due out in 2014.
It’s poised to be a colorful and emotional experience of life, love and family. Janice enjoys reading and is drawn to stories with distinct characters who she can love or hate, characters whom she can form alliances with or characters who she can swear off
and despise. She is also weak for a good cultural tale, preferably in the form of historical fiction. Janice loves to be taken off guard by clever language and settings.
Janice is also a devout supporter and promoter of other authors through social media. She hosts a weekly show, Cultural Cocktails, on the largest social radio network, Blog Talk Radio. You can connect with Janice on:
Talk show: www.blogtalkradio.com/culturalcocktails